Simple Skype Recording Utility

by David Battino

Talk about happy coincidences: About the time my analog desk phone died last month, Skype made computer-to-telephone calling free. (Computer-to-computer Skype calls have always been free.) Because I'd bought the old phone specifically to work with a telephone tap, I started looking into ways to record Skype-based interviews. I found an easy and inexpensive solution called Ecamm Call Recorder.

Analog Phone Tap

My old interviewing setup used an analog phone, a handset tap, and a flash-RAM recorder. Setting levels was tricky, and the resulting file was monophonic, making it tough to edit sections where the interviewee and I spoke simultaneosuly.


4 Comments

rick groshong
2007-02-22 07:51:15
MX Skype Recorder is free to TRY, but only for 30 days and only for 5-minute-or-less calls, according to the website your link of 2006-12-04 points to.
David Battino
2007-02-22 10:38:07
@Rick: Thanks for clarifying that. Skype’s no longer free, either, though I liked it so much that I ponied up the 15 bucks for unlimited domestic calling.
Josh
2007-08-27 09:47:07
Hi David, how do get your end to be stereo or dual-mono? I have dual mono for the other person on the line, but my end comes out just with mono sound? how do I separate the two tracks?
David Battino
2007-08-27 11:43:46
@Josh: To separate the tracks:

  1. Open the recording in QuickTime Pro.
  2. Hit Command-J to open the Properties window.
  3. Select Sound Track 1 (your side of the call), click the Audio Settings tab, and set the channel assignment to Left.
  4. Select Sound Track 2 (interviewee) and disable the left output (panning the track right); see screenshot below. Don't simply pan both sides of the interviewee track to one side, because that will boost the level so much that the audio distorts.
  5. Export the recording as a stereo AIFF file.

Call Recorder Routing